Canadian Public Policy

Canadian Public Policy

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Canadian Public Policy is Canada's foremost journal examining economic and social policy. The aim of the journal is to stimulate research and discussion of public policy problems in Canada. It is directed at a wide readership including decision makers and advisers in business organizations and governments, and policy researchers in private institutions and universities. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of many public policy issues, the contents of each volume aim to be representative of various disciplines involved in public policy issues.

This quarterly journal publishes interdisciplinary articles in English or French. Abstracts are provided in both languages.

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Editor— Michael Veall
Michael Veall is a Professor of Economics at McMaster University. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has taught at the University of Western Ontario, the University of Mannheim, Australian National University and Queen’s University. He has been a von Humboldt fellow at the University of Munich and an honorary professor at the University of York. He is a co-winner of the Purvis Prize for a work of excellence relating to Canadian economic policy and of the Vanderkamp Prize for the best article in 2005 in Canadian Public Policy/Analyse de politiques. He was President of the Canadian Economics Association in 2011-12.

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Frances Woolley

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Stephen Gordon
Peter Graefe
Tammy Schirle
Lisa Strohschein

Robert Dimand

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Craig Alexander
Roderic Beaujot
Audra Bowlus
Lori Curtis
Livio Di Matteo
Tony Fang
Aled Ab Iorwerth
Ian Irvine
Jonathan Kesselman
Larry Schembri
Wayne Simpson

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Olivier Lebert

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Canadian Inequality: Recent Developments and Policy Options (Canadian Public Policy - Volume 38, Number 2 / June 2012) is  freely available online! Click here to read it.  



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Strengthening Communities Through Government and Social Economy Partnerships
Volume 40, Supplement 1, April 2014
Guest Editors:
Jorge Sousa and Michael Toye

The social economy has largely developed from partnerships between actors and agencies within modern society. In this editorial we describe the social economy as a framework comprised of features that reflect aspects of the different sectors in Canadian society. The articles in this special issue are evidence of the wide variety of innovative policy research that emerged from the six-year national initiative known as the Canadian Social Economy Research Partnerships. The contributors relate a broad variety of policy-relevant issues, including analyses, developments, and case studies. We believe that the social economy exists in many shapes and sizes, and this special issue is intended to show just that.

Environmental Policy in Canada
Volume 39, Supplement 2, August 2013
Guest Editors - Anthony Heyes, Stewart Elgie, Nicholas Rivers

Income, Inequality, and Immigration
Volume 39, Supplement 1 / 2013
Guest Editors: Richard P. Chaykowski and Christopher Ferrall

This special issue of Canadian Public Policy is dedicated to Professor Charles M. Beach. Charles Beach career as professor of Economics at Queen's University spanned four decades, from 1972 through 2012, and continues thereafter as Professor Emeritus. He is recognized across Canada as a leading researcher and authority in the areas of income inequality and immigration. This special issue brings policy-relevant empirical analyses in areas that intersect with Charles's research interests in the labour market, including the broad themes of income, immigration, and inequality. The papers span a variety of policy-relevant aspects of these themes including: labour market outcomes in Quebec; population growth inequality; university characteristics and labour market outcomes; immigration policy and training; immigration policy design and labour market outcomes; inter-generational education mobility among immigrant children, affirmative action quotas and skills acquisition; social networks and labour market outcomes, and the incidence of the Guaranteed Income Supplement in the retired population. The fact that many of the authors of these paper are former graduate students of Charles's is a testament to the significant impact he has had in mentoring generations of economics researchers in Canada.

Life Course as a Policy Lens: Challenges and Opportunities
Volume 37, Supplement 1 / February 2011
Guest Editors - Susan McDaniel, Paul Bernard

This set of research studies on the life course as a policy lens springs from research and discussions over more than a year and a half among academic researchers and policy analysts. The six empirical studies in this special issue all rely on the life-course perspective to extend the reach of the perspective into areas with policy relevance that have not been examined previously with a life-course lens. The studies examine aboriginal health, social participation, housing instability and evictions, earnings trajectories, and late-life transitions. Key conclusions overall from the project are that (1) Canada may have an early lead in conceptual thinking on life course as a policy lens, giving us the momentum to push this advantage further; (2) the life-course perspective focuses less on individual trajectories and more on the ongoing interactions of individuals with social structures, particularly structures of inequality and life-course scripts; (3) the conceptualization of the life course as a tale of path dependency, gravity, and shocks focuses attention on social circumstances rather than on individual choices; (4) a life-course perspective for policy-makers is more realistic, more attuned to the reality experienced by social actors, and social actors accordingly recognize themselves in policies; and (5) the life-course perspective offers the possibility of making social actors, researchers, and policy-makers work more in tandem.

The Automobile and Its Industry in Canada
Volume 36, Supplement 1, April/avril 2010
Guest Editors: Dimitry Anastakis and Johannes Van Biesebroeck

The automobile and its industry intersect with Canadians' lives in innumerable ways. Regulating automobile safety and emissions, the way consumers use their vehicles, and public policy toward the auto industry are significant and ongoing concerns of federal, provincial, and municipal governments. Without question, production and consumption of autos remains a pervasive element of the Canadian economic, political, and social experience, though an often understudied one. The market and the state interact in a myriad of ways when it comes to issues such as automobile safety, emissions, the built environment, traffic, and employment and investment decisions, and this interaction has undergone tremendous change in the last few decades. … excerpt from Introduction by Dimitry Anastakis and Johannes Van Biesebroeck

Private Pensions and Income Security in Old Age: An Uncertain Future
Volume 34, Supplement 1 / November 2008

Health Human Resources Policy in the 21st Century: Addressing the Complexities of Who Does What in a Canadian Context
Volume 33, Supplement March 2007

The journal Canadian Public Policy will have three Open Access options. While these options may change as we develop a longer run policy, we will honour them for papers supported by Tri-Council Agency grants awarded on or before June 30, 2016 for papers submitted during the term of the grant plus 6 months.

1)  Immediate ungating of the paper for a fee of $2000.  (We are still exploring the option of somewhat lower fees for very short papers.)

2)  Ungating of the paper after 12 months for a fee of $500.

3) A no-charge option using the University of Toronto press repository that will be in compliance with SSHRC rules, available after 12 months.

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